Monkeying around at Angkor Wat

I know, I know! It’s not the typical headline you’d expect to read when the words “Angkor Wat” are included, right?

Well, today you’re wrong.

On my recent trip to Cambodia (& Vietnam & Thailand), we visited Angkor Wat in the wee early hours one morning, as all tourists do. However, I’m fairly certain that not all tourists get to walk away saying that they were attacked by monkeys?!

The day started out with a fairly clouded sunrise over Angkor Wat

We made our way through the many twists and turns, corridors and alleys that make up the wonder of this temple, built in the early 12th century, being the largest religious monument in the world.

We spent possibly an hour walking around, stopping to take hundreds of photos – trying to get that perfect shot.

Once we’d decided we’d seen as much as we could, we started to head back to the entrance to meet up with the rest of the girls. We went around the outside of the temple, and as we were strolling along I noticed monkeys ahead of us!

A couple of them came up the stairs towards us and a few other people hanging about the area…

We watched them from a distance, occasionally running away from them, screaming and laughing at the same time, to continue watching them go about their daily business…

Until eventually they got the better of us!

After a while of this non-stop laughter and giggling, we eventually managed to get rid of them and we headed over to our friends. We relayed the story to them and next thing we know a monkey has made his its way to us once again!

We then decided it was time to head off, to the safety of our bus… 🙂

Thanks to de Wets Wild for the idea on this post – see their post here about monkeys which is what gave me the inspiration for this post 🙂


2 thoughts on “Monkeying around at Angkor Wat

  1. Glad you lived through the encounter unscathed! It’s obvious the monkeys are used to being fed, and if you don’t feed them they’ll resort to taking what they want, which can be a dangerous situation.

    Such a contrast to the beautiful monuments and the tranquil waterlily-scene – beautiful photos!


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